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Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
This is a semesterly event welcoming Veterans and Military Connected Students.  Participants speak with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) staff and learn about the academic accommodation services offered and the benefits of registering with ODS.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center, Room 4-1.9
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
This monthly presentation gives the Office of Disability Services (ODS) an opportunity to discuss with Veterans, Military Connected Students and guests information regarding our services and the benefits of registering with ODS.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center, Room 4-1.9
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
A growing number of individuals with disabilities are bringing their animals to campus for various reasons.  This presentation addresses the growing number of animals we may see on our campuses, will explain the differences between service and emotional support animals, and the laws that apply to each.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
Bobcat Day is an open house event held twice each long semester that gives prospective students and their families an opportunity to meet with faculty, staff and student representatives of various offices across campus.  Participants speak with the Office of Disability Services' (ODS) staff, obtain informational brochures and receive promotional items as they learn about the academic accommodation services offered, registration process, requirements for students and other information pertinent to students who register with ODS.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center, Room 3-1.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
This presentation gives the Office of Disability Services an opportunity to connect with Military Connected Students and share about our academic accommodation services.
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Location:
JC Kellam Administration Building, Room 460
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
Students, faculty, and staff with disabilities are valued and affirmed individuals who contribute to and participate in the diversity at Texas State University and our global community.  The purpose of this professional development (PD) is to promote awareness around ablesim and support individuals with disabilities.  Completion of this training counts toward the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program.

This PD will be streamed and available at the Round Rock Campus in Avery Building, Room 365.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center, Room 3-21.2
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
Colleges nationwide are experiencing a significant increase in the number of students on the Autism Spectrum.  The Office of Disability Services will discuss characteristics of Autism, tips and tricks to interacting with these students, and best practices in assisting these students navigate higher education.
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Location:
Room 3-21.3
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
This is an Office of Disability Services sponsored event.  Professionals from the Epilepsy Foundation of Central & South Texas will not only train faculty and staff to deal with students undergoing epilepsy episodes but will also develop their knowledge on what epilepsy.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center, Room 3-7.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
This presentation discusses the distinction between visible and invisible disabilities and addresses specific questions Bobcats Breaking the Stigma members have regarding the services the Office of Disability Services provides.  Emphasis will not be limited to invisible disabilities but will focus on accommodation services available for students with mental disabilities.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center, Room 5-7.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Gavin Steiger, M.Ed.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: ods@txstate.edu
Will you be graduating soon or are you searching for an internship?  Who should you contact if you need an accommodation in the workplace?  Will your employer provide you with extra time to complete tasks?

Join the Office of Disability Services and Career Services on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 5:30 – 7p.m. in the Career Services Learning Lounge, as we answer these questions and any others you may have related to how your disability might affect you in the workplace.  We will discuss:
  • your legal rights and responsibilities,
  • the process to request a reasonable accommodation,
  • if or when you should disclose you have a disability,
  • ways to enhance your self-advocacy skills, and
  • recent changes to disability law.
Refreshments will also be provided!

To request an accommodation or obtain more information, contact  the Office of Disability Services' Director, Mr. Gavin Steiger, M.Ed., at ods@txstate.edu or 512.245.3451.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center, Room 3-3.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
This monthly presentation gives the Office of Disability Services (ODS) an opportunity to discuss with Veterans, Military Connected Students and guests information regarding our services and the benefits of registering with ODS.
more about event

Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
Bobcat Day is an open house event held twice each long semester that gives prospective students and their families an opportunity to meet with faculty, staff and student representatives of various offices across campus.  Participants speak with the Office of Disability Services' (ODS) staff, obtain informational brochures and receive promotional items as they learn about the academic accommodation services offered, registration process, requirements for students and other information pertinent to students who register with ODS.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center, Room 3-21.3
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
An Office of Disability Services sponsored event in partnership with Bobcats Breaking the Stigma student organization and in collaboration with other campus departments and community stakeholders.  May is Mental Health Awareness month, and the first week in May is recognized as National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week.  This panel discusses anxiety and depression and how they impact the daily lives of those college students and young adults affected.
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Location:
JC Kellam Administration Building, Room 460
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
Typically, the word “disability” is associated with varying degrees of stigma and negative connotation.  In this disability awareness and advocacy workshop, we explore various disability topics, challenge assumptions, deconstruct societal perceptions, and focus on the ability inside the individual.

This professional development will be streamed and available at the Round Rock Campus in Avery Building, Room 365.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center, Rooms 3-5.1 & 3-3.1
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Ph.D.
Phone: 512.245.3451
Email: h_b168@txstate.edu
The healing arts are creative practices that promote healing, wellness, coping and personal change. Students, staff, faculty and their families are invited out to decompress and de-stress as a way of preparing for a successful final examinations period. Participants are invited to paint, color, sketch and work with playdoh while listening to soothing music.  Additionally, participants may partake in free yoga sessions.  A licensed therapist and therapy dogs will be on hand.  Free snacks provided.
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Diversity Statement

The Office of Disability Services at Texas State University recognizes disability as a part, but not an exclusive aspect, of the identity of individuals with disabilities. As such, we have operationalized a social justice model in lieu of a clinical one. This intersectional model aims to support the wholistic needs of all students as valued members of the campus community through our intentional regard for diversity, equity, and inclusion.